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Tefal Snack Time waffle maker in brushed metal

Tefal Snack Time review

Love making homemade waffles? This multi-function machine by Tefal makes waffles and toasted sandwiches, making it a handy space-saver. Read our expert review.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
Pros: Speedy, dishwasher-safe parts
Cons: Poor instruction booklet

Tefal Snack Time summary

A small but hardworking machine, the Tefal Snack Time SW341D40 is the best multi-functional machine in the sample of waffle makers on test. It’s a relatively small, stylish machine that makes two waffles at a time. It also has sandwich plates for toasties, and changing them over is quick and simple, as they click easily into place. You can buy extra plates, including those for paninis and heart-shaped waffles, should these not be enough.

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First impressions

The instruction book is very flimsy, and contains only pictures, which isn’t ideal if you struggle to follow illustrations. It was disappointing to find no recipes nor details of how long to cook the waffles – instead, you are referred to the Tefal website.

However, we award it bonus points for being one of the few booklets to specify how long the machine takes to cool down – you should leave it for 2 hours before removing the plates.

How is the Tefal Snack Time to use?

Like most of the machines on test, this has red and green lights to indicate both power and when the machine is ready to use, and these are easy enough to see. The instructions advise how long it takes to heat – 5 minutes – and we find this to be pretty accurate.

You do need to guess at how much mixture to put in and also at how long it takes to cook, if you don’t want to interrupt your cooking to search out details on the website. The online information isn’t easily accessible either.

We have perfectly cooked waffles within 3 minutes, after guessing at the cook time. They are brown all over and perfectly crisp outside, with a soft and fluffy inside. They are a good size (about 12 x 10cm), and of an average thickness.

Tefal Snack Time machine surrounded by food

Because there is no information on how much mixture to pour in, it’s a matter of practice to get it right. We overfilled ours initially, in our eagerness to get the thickest waffle possible. Mixture dripped out of one side as the overflow channel is narrow.

There’s a long cord and a solid clasp to keep the machine shut during cooking and storage. The machine is raised off the worktop with a long ‘bar’ at the front.

The non-stick surface is good, and the waffles slide off very easily, leaving no residue behind. Once cooled, the machine is easy to clean with just a quick wipe. However, the plates can be removed and washed by hand or in the dishwasher.

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This review was last updated in January 2021. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.